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Character building starts in Kindergarten. The teaching of values to young children more than makes sense, it's a code of conduct that all abide by without putting it to words. I teach this code with mini-lessons that I "stream" throughout regular instruction.

Precedent is set from day one: we are a community and a special kind of family. We spend the first few weeks learning about the things that make each of us unique. Here students are engaging in a getting-to-know-you game where they have a photo of a fellow student on their forehead and must ask the group questions to figure out who.
When talking about the value of caring for one another and others, we created a friendship web. I chose this activity spontaneously on a day when children seemed to be having difficulty feeling compassion. Students made a web of yarn by sharing caring statements with one another.
Trust can be a bit abstract for a five year old mind. Students helped lead one another on a path around the classroom. The blindfolded had to trust the leader while the leader had be trustworthy. It
Many times, value instruction is laced into centers activities. Here students are learning to work with gears in preparation for a bigger partner project. This smaller task was good platform to learn about good communication skills.
This school held an assembly on different values in the end of the year. I was asked to nominate one student from my class who embodied the six pillars of character. It was a good culminating activity and a source of pride for our class.
An instinct we sometimes have is to not like anything that is different. In this lesson we each made a head, body, and legs separately. Then we mixed them all together and looked at our creations. It was a good platform to talk about how we are all the same and different.
This school held an assembly on different values in the end of the year. I was asked to nominate one student from my class who embodied the six pillars of character. It was a good culminating activity and a source of pride for our class.